Eric Greitens campaigned on fixing what he says has become the politically corrupt Missouri capital.
Greitens promised during his campaign to “clean up the mess by banning gifts from lobbyists.”
We reached out to the governor’s office to get background information and any evidence of steps he has taken to make good on his promise but have not heard back.
Greitens began working on this promise by issuing an executive order on the day of his inauguration with a code of conduct for “state employees of the executive branch.” The executive order outlines how these employees cannot “knowingly solicit or accept any gifts from lobbyists.”
The executive order also defines the limitations when employees interact with lobbyists. The other important thing to note is how the governor defines gifts in his order: “anything of value” including but not limited to, food, lodging, transportation, trips, loans and more. Gifts do not include tokens of appreciation, awards for recognition of public service, gifts from other state employees or gifts from personal friends.
But all the rules defined in Greitens’ executive order are only specific to employees of the executive branch.
In the legislative branch, a Missouri Senate committee approved legislation in April that limits what gifts public officials can accept from lobbyists, or even people acting on behalf of lobbyists.
The legislation specifies that a lobbyist cannot give a gift to an elected official, his or her spouse or their children that exceeds $10 a day. Lobbyists can’t join together to give a gift to any one lawmaker, either. Lobbyists can give gifts to a group, though, and are required to report it in cases such as all members of the General Assembly are invited to an event 72 hours before the event.
The session ended shortly after the bill was approved by the Senate committee. Members of the Senate and House will not reconvene until January. Sen. Mike Kehoe, the primary sponsor of the bill, said, “At this point, no decision has been made regarding the bill. I am certain that the broader topic of ethics and ethics reform will once again receive a great deal of discussion in the 2018 session.”
So as of now, we rate this promise In the Works.